What do I need to consider to have a 2nd story outdoor fireplace?


The growth of outdoor fireplaces in the Charlotte, NC market is amazing. We began designing and build them nearly 10 years ago and now are one of the largest in the country.

Stone outdoor fireplace integrated into screen porch with EZE Breeze windows

We get requests to build them on patio’s, on decks, and integrated into screen porches as well as next to covered patios and pergolas. A common question is “can I have a fireplace on a 2nd story deck?

There are two ways to achieve this. First, you can create a large footing and block up the fireplace and stone it all the way up and have the face of the fireplace sit on the edge of the deck and not have rail in that space. As you might imagine, depending on the height, this is quite an expensive proposition! In addition, the chimney has to be at least 2′ higher than the closest roof within 10′ of the new chimney.

2nd story outdoor fireplace on a deck by Archadeck of Charlotte

The second way to have a 2nd story fireplace is to have it framed out on top of the deck with stainless steel and cement board. We then apply synthetic stone and make sure the deck is appropriately structured to hold the weight of the new fireplace.  By constructing it out of steel frame instead of block, it greatly reduces the weight load and therefore allowing it to be built on the deck and at a considerable savings!

Call Archadeck of Charlotte at (704) 944-1350 or email us at charlotte@archadeck.net to schedule a free design consultation to get started on building a wonderful outdoor fireplace. Check out our website for more complete outdoor living spaces.

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